Dj Spooky That Subliminal Kid – "Celestial Mechanix", Thirsty Ear
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Funny thing about "mixed" records is that they hold a little something for everyone. Case in point is the latest effort from DJ Spooky. This two CD set is a mish-mash of styles, grooves, and eclectic harmonies. The first disc is full of remixes of various tracks that have already been released in the past. It is smooth sailing, as the deep grooves penetrate our minds, with light dialogues from time to time, and as always heavy layers of instruments (check out the swirling sax-orchestration on "Nommos Ascending"). A personal highlight on the first disc is DJ Spooky's take on "Not in Our Name", with the punching vocals of Saul Williams. As a showcase of DJ Spooky's pure talents, the first disc is best. If you enjoyed (and if you admit to remembering) those Stars on 45 LPs from the 70's, then you'll love the second disc in this set. Thirsty Ear gave DJ Spooky the keys to their catalogue and had asked him to remix and re-shuffle whatever he chose. The results are more than stunning. We've got everyone from Matthew Shipp, Mad Professor, William Parker, Spring Heel Jack, David S. Ware, Craig Taborn, Meat Beat Manifesto sharing the space of an 80 minute mix-disc. How he blends all of these varying players with so much ease is beyond me. What matters is that it works. The grooves are once again present throughout, and the instrumentation is crisp. Consider this disc a Stars on 45 for the new millennium.

Tom Sekowski


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